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on 20 May 2011
If you enjoyed Three Men in a Boat then this is for you. Once again our three intrepid heres set forth but this time by bicycle to Germany. If you want to know the best way to get up a mountain on a bike the answer is easy - take the reain up and cycle down. Food, adventures, people - all beautifully observed with that wry humour which Jerome is so well loved for.
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on 18 April 2012
I.Proctor's review (3 stars) is spot on. I just finished 'Three Men in a Boat' and enjoyed it a lot so I expected this book to be almost as good. I was disappointed.

It starts off well, lots of amusing anecdotes, as in 'Boat', but when they get to Germany it really runs out of steam. The last few chapters are written almost as an observation of the German people, which is completely cliched and out of date. It is almost like spending a long boring evening in a Spanish hotel bar with some small minded bloke who goes on and on about how the Germans always nick the sunbeds! I'm sure his observations were correct at the time but they sound odd in the 21st century (although for example when he says a German schoolboy would walk miles to buy fruit from a shop rather than pick it free from the trees lining the road stretches credibility a bit).

Chapter 13 is very odd, it deals almost exclusively with the German 'Mensur' a particularly nasty form of duelling which Jerome seems to relish and describes in grisly, bloody detail. If you are more used to his descriptions of the riverside scenery of the River Thames this comes as a bit of a jolt.

Out-of-date, patronising and boring in too many places, I can't say I enjoyed this one.
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on 19 January 2013
A good chuckle, and better written than "Three men in a boat". Seems quite modern, despite being a century old. Jerome's jobs observations on the German nation are rendered poignant by history.
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on 19 May 2015
People are right to say that it hasn't quite the charm of Three Men in a Boat, but it's still JKJ giving us his kind of fun and interest. An insight into the Germany of those far-off days.
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on 12 May 2013
This book is unknown to many readers and although it not as novel as the better known Three Men in a Boat it is in the same vain and a good companion and makes me smile on a long journey.
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on 2 June 2015
While not as good as Three Men in a Boat, certainly worth reading. Written ages ago, but written in a contemporary style for us to read now. Very humorous.
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on 2 June 2015
Although not as funny as "Three men in a boat" I did laugh out loud in places. It is worth the read, just for those particular parts of the book.
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on 21 October 2013
Not as hilarious as the first one, but good nonetheless.Definitely worth reading. Picked it up in an airport, made my trip a bit more pleasant.
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on 6 April 2013
This is a very funny book written in typical Jerome K. Jerome style about a cycling journey through the Black Forest in Germany. Recomended.
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on 8 June 2014
A fantastic book that should be read by everybody everywhere on the condition they have read "three men in a boat" first
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